When you rent or buy a flat / house the first thing you want to do is to change it to meet your needs and personality.
You may want to add a drawing room, to work from home, to create an open plan kitchen/living room or an extra bedroom for guests or a baby. The reasons behind your choices are endless and each makes your place unique. Every home has a different style reflecting your personality and requirements.
However, if you have tried before, you will know that it is often quite difficult to get exactly what you want. Why do our ideas, once put into practice, not achieve the desired effect? Why, as soon we complete a refurbishment, do we realise that perhaps we should have done it differently?
First of all it is important to understand that behind a renovation there are many technical details and regulations unknown to most. Understanding these elements is essential in order to achieve your goals and build a safe place, compliant with local and national regulations. Furthermore, considering the increasing cost of bills (electricity, gas etc) it is beneficial to seek solutions that allow you to save money in the everyday management of your home.
Sometimes what happens is that you want to reproduce an idea you saw somewhere else, but when you try it the result isn’t necessarily satisfactory. When this occurs it is often due to the dimensions of your place, whether too small or too large, or because the new layout doesn’t work well in your space.
Furthermore, some changes might not take into account practicality and daily usage, and you may find yourself with a room without the necessary lights or plugs – or with far too many. In the first case, in order to make the space functional you might have to add external, and often ugly, elements. In the second, you might have spent more money than was necessary and actually increased the running costs.
So always remember to plan thoroughly and carefully beforehand in order to avoid any nasty surprises later on. Our architectural and interior design service wants to help you with this important phase preceding a renovation. Have a look at our designs and choose the right one for you.